Personal Injury

  • Accidents at Work - Two Minute Guide

    If an employee is injured in an accident at work, it may be possible for them to claim damages against their employer. An employer can be liable for damages if it is shown they failed to take reasonable care to prevent injury to employees. Employers owe a...
  • Compensation for Crime

    If you are injured as a result of a crime, you may be entitled to compensation, direct from the offender. As well as personal injury, compensation may be payable for other items (medical expenses, additional travelling costs and so on) which are not covered...
  • Consumer Credit Directive - effect on vehicle hire providers

    CONSUMER CREDIT DIRECTIVE - IMMEIDATE ACTION REQUIRED Legislation implementing the provisions of the European Consumer Credit Directive (CCD) came into force on the 1st February 2011. This will have an impact on those who provide vehicle hire on...
  • Consumer Protection Act and Injury Claims

    In some instances, product safety law can be used to bring claims involving personal injuries. A group of people who tried to use product safety law under the Consumer Protection Act against McDonalds, because of injuries suffered when they spilled hot...
  • Deaths at Work

    The Health and Safety Executive has published its latest Statistics on Workplace injury and Sickness . These show that in 2005/6, 212 workers were killed at work, 2 million suffered illness  which they believed their work caused or made worse and...
  • Faulty Work Boots - Employer Not Liable for Employee's Frostbite

    An employer’s absolute obligation to maintain or repair protective equipment, under the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992, does not extend to a situation where an employee suffers an injury at work doing something that the...
  • Fixed Fees for Road Traffic Accident Cases

    Professional fees for dealing with personal injury cases involving road traffic accidents are set to be ‘capped’, following the decision to adopt a ‘fixed fee’ scale. Under the new scheme, claims under £10,000 in value, which...
  • Freezing Fog Makes Journey to Work Hazardous

    Freezing weather has swept over Britain this week catching many drivers out. The freezing fog has played havoc with travel, causing flights to be cancelled, delays on the rail network and roads to become jammed after accidents have blocked the route ahead....
  • Injuries Due to Accidents in Public - Two Minute Guide

    If you suffer an accident in a public place due to someone else’s negligence e.g. by tripping on a broken paving stone, you may be entitled to claim damages. You will need to prove that you were owed a duty of care by someone, that that person was...
  • Injury - Who is to Blame?

    One of the things which determine the eventual payout in personal injury claims is the degree to which the injured person is to blame for the injury that befell them. This principle is called 'contributory negligence'. It also applies where an injury happens...
  • Low Speed Impacts: a Problem Area

    When injuries occur because of high-speed impacts between cars, once the ‘liability’ issue (who was responsible for the accident) is sorted out, the argument normally becomes one about money. With low-speed impacts (typically under 5 mph),...
  • One in Ten Injured at Work

    A survey by insurer AXA has found that one in ten people has been injured at work in the past five years. The most common accidents were slips, falls and trips, which were responsible for 33 per cent of all injuries. Kitchen accidents accounted for 19 per...
  • PI JSB Guidelines Summary

    INTRODUCTION The total amount awarded to you as a result of a successful Personal Injury claim is based on many factors including the nature and severity of the injury and any consequential damages (e.g. loss of income). The amount awarded in compensation...
  • Product Fatal Accidents - Who is a Spouse?

    The Fatal Accidents Act 1976 allows dependants to claim for the loss they suffer as a result of the death of the person on whom they are dependant, for example where a spouse dies in an accident. This raises the question of the meaning of the word...
  • Product Liability - Two Minute Guide

    If a person suffers injury caused by a defective product, they may be entitled to claim damages. This will usually be from the producer e.g. the manufacturer, although it is possible to bring a claim against a supplier e.g. a shop. A damages claim must...
  • Repetitive Strain Injury - Guidance for Small Firms

    Results from a recent survey in the UK indicate that each year an estimated 400,000 people suffer from Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) in the upper limb or neck area – caused or made worse by their work. This results in around 4 million lost working...
  • Road Traffic Accidents - Two Minute Guide

    If you suffer injury due to a road traffic accident which is not your fault, you can make a claim for damages if another person was at fault. All road users owe a duty of care to other road users, so if an accident is caused by their negligence they can be...
  • Shared Blame Means Reduced Damages

    Cases involving personal injury when both parties are ‘in the wrong’ present a particular problem when it comes to determining the apportionment of responsibility for (and therefore the amount of damages payable for) the injury. In a recent case,...
  • TIP - Allergies Actionable: Blues Not?

    People think a claim for personal injury must mean that something has hurt you or perhaps made you seriously ill, but it can also mean a lesser hurt, such as that caused by an allergic reaction. In a recent case, a health care worker successfully claimed...
  • Tip: New Health and Safety Website on Vibration

    If your business involves vibrating machinery, you should be aware of the Health and Safety Executive website providing information on the risks from vibration and advice on how to control them. There is advice on hand-arm and whole-body vibration...
  • Uncontrolled Bouncers

    If a bouncer or similar employee gets carried away and assaults someone, the owner of the premises may be liable. Recently, however, a nightclub owner was found not to be liable when a bouncer severely injured someone in a fight which took place away from...

News

Nurse Pricked by Needle Awarded £75,000 Damages
Soft-Top Crash Victim Wins £2.3 Million
Injured Refuse Collector Wins £1.8 Million in Damages
Coach Driver Not to Blame for Crushing Student
Pedestrian Due Big Payout After Bollard Trip